Pole dancing has quickly become a fitness craze among women of all ages. And it's not at all surprising-who wouldn't prefer swinging seductively from a shiny pole over killing their shins on a treadmill? But participants in these classes can expect to gain far more than toned triceps from their exotic dance experience. Increased confidence, greater sexual awareness and renewed marital excitement are common benefits of these courses as well.
And if you prefer to get your practice in at home, many of these studios offer poles for purchase.
A play on the fitness buzz Pilates, PoleLaTeaz is a dance studio that specializes in pole dancing instructions. They offer fun events like the "Naughty Secretary Lapdance Workshop" and the "Dirty Martini Burlesque Pole Workshop".
6300 Richmond Ave.
2. Sonia's World of Dance
Sonia's World of Dance offers a unique class called StripAerobics which promises a sweat-inducing workout with a sensual twist. This class is beneficial for fitness newbies and seasoned athletes alike.
3. Sheila Kelley S Factor
California-based Sheila Kelley is the pioneer of the exotic dance instruction movement and you can attend her signature classes right here in Houston. Courses fill up quickly so be sure to plan ahead.
2901 West Loop S
4. Exotic Dance Lessons
Jessenia of Exotic Dance Lessons for Women is an independent instructor specializing in bachelorette parties and private lessons.
She also happens to be an Indulge Party Products representative and can demonstrate samples from their line of intimate products.
5. Art of Exotic Dancing
One of the first to offer exotic dance lessons to women, AOED has empowered women through dance since 1998. The company also offers training programs to those interested in becoming an exotic dance instructor.
Carmen's is Houston's largest adult store chains and they now offer pole dancing classes as well. Want extra credit? Continue the lesson at home when you purchase a pole from Carmen's boutique.
7. Lady Grace Academy
Learn the classic art of Burlesque dance with a one-day workshop, four-week series or private party setting with your closest girlfriends. Classes take place at NiaMoves.
436 Oxford St.
8. Inner Me Studios
Inner Me is a boutique fitness community providing innovative movement instruction to both men and women. They offer a range of classes including the popular hip-hop yoga and chair dancing.
617 Richmond Ave.
9. Strip Tease Houston
Susan Nguyen of Strip Tease is an independent exotic dance instructor who hosts private lessons, bachelorette parties and is currently collaborating with Cindie's lingerie for in-store Girls' Night Out parties.